Give us your poor, your tired…

your least-informed:

“WE need to place Voter Registration forms in the Administrative office of every highschool in Oklahoma with the hope of pushing the Senior Class to register for the General Election (cut off date to register is October 10th). ANY individual who turns 18 by November 4th can register NOW (before they turn 18) to vote.”

I have no particular problem with this, generally — I was one of the first beneficiaries of dropping the voting age from 21 to 18 — though the motivation here is transparently obvious:

“I sent the following email out yesterday to all Obama Supporters: Many of you are asking to help so here’s what you can do: PLACE VOTER REGISTRATION FORMS IN YOUR HIGHSCHOOL (Alma Mater) polling shows 83% of those voters under 35 will vote for Barack Obama: Oklahoma’s Public Schools will be opening soon, most school buildings are open now with teachers and staff members preparing for the school year. Registration activities are set to start this week and next….”

Had the percentages fallen the other way — but never mind, you already know the answer to that one.


  1. McGehee »

    5 August 2008 · 9:36 am

    polling shows 83% of those voters under 35 will vote for Barack Obama

    And those under 21 will make up about 0.083% of the electorate, as usual.

    The more I see of this pandering, the more I fall back on my old conclusion: We need to raise the driving age to 21, the drinking age to 25 and the voting age to 30. And as for going to war, draft ’em as soon as they learn to cuss.

  2. Dan B »

    5 August 2008 · 1:48 pm

    If they actually received an education, they wouldn’t be the least-informed voting bloc.

    Over half of those graduating high school last May didn’t know that there were 100 US Senators. One-third of them didn’t know there are 50 states.

  3. Matt »

    5 August 2008 · 4:15 pm

    And how many believed there is no global climate change?

    This isn’t news, Charles. Democrats always push for more voter registration and Republicans try to block it (Rehnquist, motor voter, caging, take your pick). Democrats believe that people with the responsibilities of adults should have the rights of adults, Republicans (like McGehee) apparently think that 14-year-old soldiers who can die for their country should still be jailed for driving, drinking, or voting (or attempting thereof). “Support the troops!”

    When I was in high school, there was a voter registration drive in 1984 even though it was completely clear (and correct) that 80%+ of the newly-registered voters would, and did, vote for Ronald Reagan. Participation is good. If you can’t convince people to vote for your candidate, try convincing harder instead of trying to keep them away from the ballot box.

  4. CGHill »

    5 August 2008 · 4:35 pm

    I was out of high school before I got a shot at it. (Admission: I voted for McGovern in ’72.)

    Like I said, I don’t have a problem with GOTV efforts generally. But it never pays to set one’s suspicions aside.

  5. McGehee »

    5 August 2008 · 7:16 pm

    If parents don’t want their 14-year-olds going to war, they’ll resurrect the old “wash your mouth out with soap” strategy.

    As for “participation is good,” it is only if you include knowing what the @#$!! you’re voting for as participation.

    “Vote Or Die” doesn’t qualify.

  6. CGHill »

    5 August 2008 · 7:20 pm

    When I was 14, I probably had no business in a uniform, but I was a fairly respectable cusser. It would be another four years before I got a uniform, and another few months before I got to the point where I thought I deserved it.

  7. Teacher Creature »

    7 August 2008 · 8:32 pm

    You may not be such a fan of public schools after you read this! Did you know that the school computers in Putnam City have banned Dustbury, the reason being: a site that contains porn. Can you believe it?

  8. CGHill »

    7 August 2008 · 8:59 pm

    Probably the same reason I never signed up for BlogOklahoma: once in a while the language gets a bit salty around here, and not everyone can deal with popping off at Pop’s Sodium Shoppe.

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